Bangladesh has urged all to exercise utmost caution not to undermine or misinterpret the genuine efforts of the government of Bangladesh noting that the voluntary relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char has become imperative to decongest the overcrowded camps in Cox's Bazar.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said the government is not taking any Rohingya to Bhasan Char forcibly but they are going there voluntarily.
The United Kingdom appreciates Bangladesh for hosting Rohingyas but it along with other partners calls for "independent and comprehensive" technical and protection assessments to evaluate the safety and sustainability of the Bhasan Char facilities.
Bangladesh wants to begin relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char soon as the government finds the weather and overall environment suitable for such relocation, officials said.
The United Kingdom wants the new government in Myanmar to take steps towards safe, voluntary and dignified return of the Rohingya to their place of origin in Rakhine State addressing the root causes of conflicts.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said there is a pressure on the government by the international NGOs, including UNHCR, against Bhasan Char relocation though some Rohingyas are willing to go there to enjoy wonderful facilities for them.
European Union (EU) Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink has laid emphasis on visits by UN technical and humanitarian protection teams to Bhasan Char though Rohingya leaders recently expressed satisfaction over the situation there.
Rohingya leaders from Cox's Bazar camps visited Bhasan Char on Saturday to see facilities over there as the government has planned to relocate some 1 lakh Rohingyas to the island, aiming to ease the pressure on Cox's Bazar camps.
Bangladesh wants to start the initial transfer of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char Island after monsoon through conducting a "go-and-see" visit programme first.
Bangladesh has invited the UNHCR together with other UN agencies to undertake a protection visit to the Bhasan Char island to ascertain the humanitarian situation and any immediate needs of the refugee population.